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>> and now "bbc world news." >> 10 people are arrested by the united states, accused of spying for russia. turkey shut its airspace to is really military flights. more fallout from last month's commando raid of the gaza flotilla. and an inquiry into the events that claims the lives of nine turkish activists. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- two more quarter finalists are decided at the world cup in south africa. and drought and crop failure. eight agencies are warning 7 million need food -- eight agencies are warning 7 million need food. -- aid agencies are warning 7
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million need food. hello to you. the department of justice in the u.s. has announced the arrest of 10 people it accuses of spying for russia, and for many years, with the aim of penetrating policy-making circles in washington. all 10 have been charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government. at a time when relations between washington and moscow are at their warmest in a long time, it is a sudden and unexpected echo of the cold war. these are accusations at the moment. obviously no one has been convicted. as far as you can tell, what is supposed to have been going on? >> it appears the russian government was interested in finding out more about nuclear policy, nuclear research in the united states, about u.s.
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policy toward central asia, about u.s. thinking at of russian foreign policy as well. for these 10 people who have been arrested, they are being charged with conspiracy. they have been here since the early 1990's in some cases. they were really becoming americans. they had bought houses. they had made friends. they were infiltrating policy- making circles. we read about one of them being close to a very prominent new york finance year. one was in touch with people on capitol hill, with a nuclear scientist from the u.s. government. they were really trying to go undercover. they have now been uncovered and we will have to see what the consequences might be for relations between the two countries. >> and if as alleged, this has been going on for a long time, and if relations are
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diplomatically as good as we are told, why the arrest now that's >> that is unclear. -- white the rest now? >> that is unclear. one had met with an undercover fbi agent in washington on the street corner just blocks away from the white house. we are still sifting through the details of the two complaints, why they -- of the two complaints. why they were arrested now is unclear. perhaps the investigation had come to a head. perhaps it had reached a critical stage. perhaps these guys had noticed they were being toils. -- tailed. we are still unsure. presumably when president obama net russian president dmitry medvedev last week, he knew this was coming. while it is a serious case, it may not necessarily immediately have an impact on ties between the two countries.
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presumably president obama will have brought it up with the russian president, or it would have toned down his warmth toward his guest. we will have doocy. >> many thanks indeed for that. we will hear more about this. relations between turkey and israel have taken another turn, for the worse. israeli military flights have been banned from turkish airspace. a plane taking off from poland has been forced to make a long detour. this is widely seen as retaliation for last month's israeli military raid on an aid convoy trying to reach gaza. from istanbul, jonathan head. >> these are israeli-made, pilotless aircraft, among the most sophisticated aircraft made. turkey has ordered 10 of them for use in its war against
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kurdish militants. anti-israeli sentiment has never been higher year, following the death of nine turkish activists on board an aid convoy it last month. relations between the two countries are unraveling fast. during his visit to toronto, the turkish prime minister let slip the first measure. >> yes, we have brought it back, he said, referring to a decision to bar israeli military flights from turkish airspace. two such flights have already been diverted. it has only been a couple years since the two countries agreed on multimillion-dollar joint ventures. in 1996, the broker the deal on extensive military cooperation. later, israeli contracts won
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contracts to modernize turkish military equipment come up with more the $1 billion. until last year, the israeli air force was allowed to train in turkish airspace. now turkey says there will be no such deals are in the future unless it gets an apology from israel, compensation for the victims of last month's rate, and an international inquiry. so the turkish military bogs down again into the 26-year conflict and will means to find new equipment. it israel will need to seek new markets. this is unlikely to be reversed. jonathan hat, bbc news, istanbul. >> and israeli public commission has just began -- begun its work looking into the attack on the flotilla. the chairman announced that israel's prime minister will be among those summoned to give
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evidence. from jerusalem, we have this report. >> the learned, but clearly elderly, three-man committee began its work today. the commission at's and two foreign observers -- the commission's two foreign observers say the international community demands impartiality. >> we hope that it will be rigorous and thereby will make a positive contribution to peace. >> the deaths of nine turkish activist when israeli commandos stormed their ships in international waters led to widespread protests around the world. israel said the activists aboard the boats had become bent on confrontation and the soldiers were acting in self- defense. turkey described the killings as
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state-sponsored terrorism. under pressure from allies, israel eventually set up this commission. >> i do not think it is something we should deride and dismissed. israel wants to know out -- israel wants to know what went wrong as well. i think some of the work that we can do can address some of this. >> and in the days after the incident, israel eased, but did not in its blockade of gaza, allowing in more food and humanitarian aid. this commission will assess the legality of the naval blockade, a critical issue amid rumors of more ships heading to gaza. having earlier rejected calls for an independent international inquiry, israel says this panel will get to the bottom of what happens almost a month ago.
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bbc news, jerusalem. >> 18 people have been killed, 40 injured when a lorry laden with chemicals exploded in a southern pakistani city . happened at a truck stop on the city outskirts. there is no indication of terrorism. there may have been a buildup of pressure in a chemical tank. a landslide triggered by heavy rain in southwest china is believed to have buried or dropped over 100 people. it is still raining, and that is hindering rescue efforts. officials say those trapped of a slim chance of survival. north korea has said it will strengthen its nuclear deterrence because of what it describes as consistent hostility from the united states. they say that's this underscores the need to deal with the problem in an undeveloped white.
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>> iran will delay any further negotiations over its nuclear program in response to sanctions imposed by the u.n. security council. the iranian president has said he was in talks for several weeks to punish western countries, as he put it, for imposing sanctions. he said that iran would not be prepared to resume discussions before late august. so, in practical terms, what can be made of that? our correspondent from cairo explained. >> there is more to it than meets the eye, because really effective talks between iran and the west and the nuclear issue had not been going on since last october. i am not quite sure what is being postponed here. although they expressed a willingness to go ahead with talks, it is not clear what basis there is for talks at the moment. but sides have made their positions clear. both sides do not seem willing
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to compromise. there'll be more sanctions in due course amid the worsening crisis. the iranians are not willing to compromise at the moment, but they are not able say. anything that mahmoud ahmadinejad it offers, it gets under cut. and in the west, i think they feel they do not have anything to offer either. >> the west african nation of niger is facing food shortages. aid agencies are warning 7 million people need food. that is half the country's population. >> there should be reined in this village, but there is -- there should be rain in this village, but there is just one well here for the entire community.
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and water levels are low. people are going hungry. food stores stand empty. the village chief has already sold most of his precious capital. >> i have 3 cows left, the up fully ground and a calf. that will not last very long really, we have nothing. we are not going to be able to eat until the rain comes. >> this area is among the worst hit by the food crisis. women are forced to pick wineberries you -- wild berries to feed children. >> we do not know when it will rain. it is in god's hands. he will decide whether the rain is sufficient or whether there will be no rain at all. all can do is wait. >> the prices are rising. many households art living on less than $1 a day. these food shortages were
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predicted, but aid agencies say they have raised just over half the money they need to prevent the famine. bbc news, nigeria. >> france's most famous newspaper has been taken over by an unlikely trio of billionaires'. it "le monde" has been struggling to survive in the internet age. it is not surprising in that journalists have voted for the takeover bid. but it has not pleased president sarkozy, who sees the consortium as having links to the opposition socialist party. >> is one of the most famous newspaper brands in the world. at 65 years old, "le monde" is fiercely proud of its independence. it was founded by general de gaulle himself, who wanted a paper untainted by nancy
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propaganda -- the nazi propaganda. these are the three men who pledged to save it. from the left, the flamboyant banker matthieu pigasse. in the center, a patron of the arts pierre berge. and on the right, xavier niel, an internet tycoon who made his money in porn. if there is something else these men have in common. they are all supporters of the socialist left. >> they have an independent spirit. they say they believe in "le monde" as a symbol of quality journalism and the have no political ambitions. they say they do not want to use it for political purpose. >> president sarkozy is so concerned over the takeover, he summoned the paper's publisher
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is and threatened to withhold state subsidies if it went ahead. today, the state rubberstamp and overwhelming vote against president sarkozy's perceived interference. they have agreed to let the german association keep its power. they said they will revive the paper's fortunes, chiefly by linking it with the internet business. >> still to come -- one workers in china are striking and hurting car production in japan. first though, the controversy in germany over plans for a huge bridge and all four-lane motorway in the heart of a wine-
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producing valley. 10,000 people have signed a petition against it. >> for wine lovers, this is paradise. some of the world best vineyards, still tended by hand. >> the skyline is higher than these and -- then these mountains. is really ugly construction which destroys been a beautiful spot of the valley. >> the project was originally designed in 1960's. there is concern the building works could disrupt the water supply to ease a steep slopes and in danger the elegant wines they produce. prominent wine critics say it amounts to cultural vandalism. >> this is the only place that does this. really -- there's a whole bunch of flavor.
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that is unique. and here is the very, very best vineyard, and i are going to drive a motorway through it? -- and they are going to drive a motorway through it? >> some locals test the bridge as an opportunity to promote tourism. but even they describe as an eyesore. >> i agree it is an eyesore. it will bring more people from holland, and it will shorten travel time within germany. >> the project is proving controversial. if it goes ahead, it could upset the delicate balance of this valley and its unique white wines. at bbc news -- bbc news, germany. >> just give you the headlines this hour on "bbc world news." 10 people arrested by the united states, accused of spying for
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russia. and turkey is shutting its airspace to israel. more fallout from last month's commando raid on vigo's that aided flotilla. at the people of burundi have been voting, but the outcome is already beyond doubt. the only candidate for president. one of his opponents pulled out of the race. he was elected in 2005 after a long peace process back by the united nations. we have this report. >> today's elections is part of a series of reforms designed to highlight the country's return to peace after years of civil war. there were six opposition candidates who pulled out several weeks ago, leaving the incumbent president is the only candidate. the president's party has been
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accused of fraud of this election, which was held in may. many supporters are still waiting to cast their ballot. >> i cannot participate in this presidential election. cracks in the run-up to today's election, several members of the opposition were invested. the establishment claimed they were trying to disrupt the poll. as counting gets under way, it appears the incumbent will be governing ready for another five years. bbc news. >> and a candid it tipped to become state governor in mexico has been killed in an ambush less than a week before elections. rodolfo torre cantu was shot
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near the airport. it is believed drug cartels were involved. and another high-profile murder -- the singer sergio vega was shot saturday night hours after he reassured his fans the rumors of his murder were false. a group of men pulled up alongside him in a car and shot him as he approached a motorway toll gate. on the's chinese operations have confirmed they have suffered -- honda's chinese operations have confirmed they had suffered a delay thanks to wall cows. they are mired in disputes over pay and working conditions. our correspondent sent this. >> fed up with low wages, workers who earn little over 100 pounds a month and rarely have a day off.
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they use legal methods. negotiating with managers, the ones arise, just 1 pound a day. they are now back at work, reluctant to talk openly, built angry. this striker said they do not mind working hard, but they want to enjoy their lives, too. strikes have been rippling through china's factories this year. in january, there was a strike at a company that makes mobile phones. a textile firm in may. it is not just better wages they want. also the right to elect their own union. china's economic miracle factory has been built on abundant cheap labor. while they want their wages to rise, the government fears that
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will make china lose its competitive edge. how hard people work for help little reward -- the communist party has based its excess on it breezing jobs and living standards, while also keeping tight control. this factory has promised it will double wages after recent striking among -- recent suicides among a dozen workers. this man showed me his pay slips. he makes less than a pound an hour. she weld's the electronic -- welds electronic parts. >> our supervisor stands by with a stopwatch. it is meant to take three seconds each time.
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we work under huge pressure. >> crammed into their dormitories, china's migrant workers are demanding the biggest share of the wealth they have created. there is more unrest ahead. >> the new generation of workers are not like their parents. they want to make a life in the city. they are becoming better organized and more rebellious than ever before. >> every day, new recruits are hired. they may not like the wages they are being paid, but they keep on coming from the countryside. bbc news, southern china. >> two more quarterfinalists have been decided at the world cup in south africa. brazil beat chile 3-0. >> on the two previous occasions that chile beat the not the stages of the world cup, brazil
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ended their run. but this current incarnation of the brazilian team is more effective and in other areas. a corner providing an opening goal. at towering header. these players combined with lethal effects. the brazil coach is often deemed over dramatic, but he should be lauded for his ability to get the best out of his players like this one -- who had chile continued to play their football with style, but often without accuracy. in reality not -- reality did not make this any easier to take. bbc news. >> the netherlands comfortably won the early game against slovakia periods -- slovakia.
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the men in orange remain dominant, but time is nearly up. one player, only instructed into goal -- calmly stroked it into gold. he brought his goal tally to four. quickly -- queen elizabeth has arrived in canada. it she has made 22 official visits to canada since she became queen. canada has been somewhat indifferent to the monarchy, it has to be said. her silhouette does mark their coins. you'll find that and much more of the international news anytime you want online at you can get in touch with me and most of the team at twitter. and you can see what we are
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